A landmark study released today by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, reports that there has been an increase of more than one million additional African Americans in need of emergency food assistance each year since 2006. With more than one in three African American adults seeking emergency food assistance from Feeding America, African Americans make up 34 percent of all adults served by Feeding America.
An increasing number of African American households with children do not know when or where they will find their next meal. According to USDA’s “Household Food Insecurity In the United States, 2008” released in November 2009, 3.7 million Black children were living with food insecurity, up from 2.78 million, an increase of 35 percent.
“I have personally experienced hunger and homelessness,” says filmmaker and Feeding America entertainment council member Tyler Perry, “It’s almost impossible to imagine that this situation could exist in ours, the most wealthy and generous of nations. Please look out for your neighbors who you think might need help. No one should go to bed hungry in America.”
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